10 things you need to know today: January 8, 2022

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1. Biden, Obama, other top Dems to attend Harry Reid’s memorial

Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy at a memorial for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas Saturday. Other prominent Democrats set to attend include President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), current Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Vice President Harris. Reid, who died Dec. 28, grew up in poverty and was an amateur boxer before entering politics. During the 1970s, he served in the Nevada state Assembly, as lieutenant governor of Nevada, and as chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1983 and went on to serve for 30 years as a U.S. senator, holding the position of majority leader from 2007 to 2015.

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